In an article published by the LA Times, it is reported that the online shopping giant has purchased a startup housed out of Santa Barbara in an effort to improve its virtual assistance devices’ ability to answer questions from users. The acquisition of the startup Graphiq, which was first started in 2009, is estimated to be at a value near $20 million. So what makes this purchase so important to the analytic community?
One of the guiding values of Icarus Connect is our desire to share knowledge. It is this guiding value that first sparked our flagship product, iConnect, allowing you to tap into your connected things and consume the knowledge that it gathers about your environment. Keeping with value, we also make it our goal to share our technical experience and some of our technical solutions with those outside our organization. Our platform was built by a really cool team of developers who sometimes found themselves relying on the experience and knowledge of the technical community to help solution and design our systems. Additionally, our team has gone through many cups of coffee (and cans of Red Bull) to find a way to do what no one else has done before, and we want to give back to the community that helped us when we couldn’t see that missing semi-colon or the misspelled variable name.